As I&T minister slams trolls for lauding Gauri Lankesh’s killing, PM Modi draws flak for following them on Twitter

While I-T Minister has raised his concern over trolls targeting Lankesh, PM Modi has come under fire for following multiple troll handles via his twitter account. Many of these handles have been spewing venom since the death of Lankesh last night. 

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 7, 2017 12:34 am
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Information and Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad Wednesday slammed online trolls for expressing happiness over the killing of senior journalist Gauri Lankesh. Prasad took to Twitter to express his anger against those cheering Gauri’s killing. “I strongly condemn and deplore the messages on social media expressing happiness on the dastardly murder of #Gaurilankesh,” he tweeted.

Prasad called the act of trolls shameful and said he expected speedy action by the Karnataka Police. “Expressing happiness on the killing of anyone is shameful, regrettable and totally against Indian traditions. Social media is not for that. I expect that Karnataka police will soon nab the killers of #GauriLakesh at the earliest at take action against them.”

Earlier in the day, condemning the murder, journalists, writers, artists and politicians took out protest marches across the country. Some of the protesters sported black badges and held placards against the shooting of Lankesh by unidentified assailants at her Bengaluru residence last night.

The cold-blooded murder unleashed outrage across the country even as the Karnataka government quickly set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the killing. As the media fraternity and members of civil society reacted with horror and staged protests in Bengaluru, Delhi and several other cities, leaders cutting across party lines condemned the murder. However, top leaders of the Congress and the BJP were locked in a spat over the killing in Bengaluru last night.

While I-T Minister has raised his concern over trolls targeting Lankesh, PM Narendra Modi has come under fire for following multiple troll handles via his Twitter account. Many of these handles have been spewing venom since the death of Lankesh last night. While some of the handles compare the journalist to a “militant”, others tweeted saying Lankesh got what she deserved. A large section of protesters who condemned Lankesh’s death called out PM Modi for following these trolls.

One of the trolls, Nikhil Dadhich re-tweeted a picture of Lankesh with Kanhiya Kumar and Umar Khalid, whom she fondly referred as ‘her sons’, saying she deserved what she got. The account is followed by the official handle of PM Modi.

Nikhil Dadhich’s handle is followed by the official handle of Narendra Modi.

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    Shamsul Islam
    Sep 7, 2017 at 8:48 am
    This Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad, a seasoned RSS cadre must tell us whom he is advising. Those criminals who are celebrating 'vadh' of Gauri Lankesh on social media are hardened Hindutva prac ioners who believe in converting democratic-secular India into a Hindu Pakistan. In fact, it has been an old practice of Hindutva prac ioners to celebrate killing of enemy as 'vadh'. They did it after the killing of Gandhi by 'Hindu nationalists'. This debased practice was even brought to notice by the first Home Minister of India, Sardar Patel. Sardar Patel in a letter dated 11 September 1948 to the then boss of RSS, Golwalkar wrote: "The RSS men expressed joy and distributed sweets after Gandhiji’s death." Prasad must talk to RSS and other Hindutva organizations to discard this inhuman and barbaric practice.
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      Robert
      Sep 7, 2017 at 1:16 pm
      A muslim lecturing on "barbaric" and "inhuman" practices is like Osama-bin-Laden lecturing on evils of terrorism. Your so-called "prophet" Muhammed was the biggest criminal and inhuman beast in the history of mankind. And, India is indeed a Hindu nation. It does not belong to Muslims. Accept or just plain get lost. We don't need Muhammed and his terrorist followers in India.
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      sher
      Sep 7, 2017 at 8:03 am
      Black power teri maa ki gaaaaand maar ke teri behen paida kar dunga suvar kahi ka what this deserved to die iski chooooot bhi marni chahiye thi
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        mtv
        Sep 7, 2017 at 5:32 am
        Is the BJP trying to run with the hare (people like Ravishankar Prasad, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Alphons Kannathanam etc.) and hunt with the hounds (Modi, BJP, Yogi Adithyanath etc.)? Looks like a well orchestrated strategy by RSS.
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          Ramesh Nittoor
          Sep 7, 2017 at 5:24 am
          Nikhil Dadhich has soiled the re tion of Hon PM Modi. Instead of condemning this dastardly killing of an innocent and valiant journalist, there is this evil Mahishsura like jubilation. This is surely not Integral Humanism nor is it Hindu Nationalism. The ethos of Hukumat is supposed to be replaced with ethos of Hanumat. But this is not मनुष्यता, let alone हनुमत, it is purely राक्षशता. There must be some law available to make an example of this Nikhil Dadhich and secure the goodwill people have for PM Modi by distancing lawfully from Nikhil Dadhich and others like him.
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            vk
            Sep 7, 2017 at 5:21 am
            People like Nikhil Dadhich will make us anothe copy of Pakistan. Thank you.
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              Yogesh
              Sep 7, 2017 at 5:19 am
              Arrest culprits before blaming Modi for the crimes against this Journalist
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                Yogesh
                Sep 7, 2017 at 5:11 am
                Very unfortunate for this dastardly act - suddenly it's all because of Hindus who did this by the Award Waapsi Congress sikulars
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                  Lovely
                  Sep 7, 2017 at 5:02 am
                  All Left hand writers are criticising Hindu religion only. What is the reason?
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                    blackpower
                    Sep 7, 2017 at 5:14 am
                    how about right hand writers?
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                    blackpower
                    Sep 7, 2017 at 4:55 am
                    what happened to all these saffron trolls? arent they going to label the honble minister RS prasad as antinational?
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